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Updated: Saturday, November 20, 2004 12:27 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(16) Maryland 93, Jackson St 57

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- No. 16 Maryland may have struggled with its shooting, but Travis Garrison and the Terrapins' defense more than made up for it.

Garrison scored a career-high 21 points and had six rebounds and Maryland forced 27 turnovers en route to a season-opening 93-57 victory over Jackson St.

"Getting our defense up to par was a main focus tonight," Garrison said. "We know we can score, we have to go out and play tough defense. If we do that and come out with intensity and energy, there aren't too many teams that will be able to stop us."

With 5:40 remaining in the first half, Garrison hit a pair of free throws to snap a 21-21 tie and spark a 17-3 run that closed out the half.

Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray each scored four points during the run and Garrison scored four of his 10 first-half points over that stretch for Maryland, which led 38-24 at halftime despite shooting just 30 percent (11-of-37) from the field.

"We came out in the first half and we were jump-shot happy," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We scored 93 points tonight, shooting just 30 percent in the first half. The reason why we shot such a poor percentage in the first half is because we went outside before we looked inside."

The Terrapins came out running after the break, using a 15-6 run to open a 53-30 lead. Garrison scored the final nine points during the burst, capping it with a jumper just 3:44 into the period.

Ekene Ibekwe totaled 17 points, eight rebounds, and three of the 11 blocks for Maryland, which shot 64 percent in the second half (18-of-28) to finish the game at 45 percent (29-of-65). The Terrapins limited the Tigers to just 34 percent (24-of-70).

"Coach Williams is always stressing defense," Ibekwe said. "Our team is long and athletic with guys like D.J. (Strawberry), Chris (McCray) and Nik (Caner-Medley) to press, and me, James (Gist) and Travis (Garrison) behind them. That's what coach wants, for us to play defense with intensity."

Caner-Medley scored 12 points and John Gilchrist, who had eight assists, and McCray each added 11 for the Terrapins, who improved to 10-0 in home openers under Williams.

"I know I can get my shots off any time," Gilchrist said of getting his teammates involved. "I don't really search for my shots, I do it for the good of the team."

D.J. Strawberry scored 11 points and freshman James Gist added seven as six Maryland players scored in double figures.

Dakari Wallace scored 11 points off the bench to pace Jackson State. Hilton Tompkins and Ernest Hassell each chipped in nine points and seven rebounds.

"This is a good game for us, to come up here and learn how they play in ACC Country," Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said. "They have good players, they're a solid team. They should be a Top-10 team. They're better than a Top-15 team."


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